Canby High School Family Newsletter

For the Week of October 14th to October 20th, 2021

Principal's Message

Good afternoon Canby High School Students and Families!

Homecoming 2021 is behind us and, by all accounts, it was a very successful week! One highlight was Thursday with our first ever homecoming car parade through town. (Thanks to Canby Police and Fire for supporting this event and making it special!) Later that evening, our football team brought home it’s first homecoming win in years, defeating the Hillsboro Spartans 42-6.

We culminated our festivities with our dance on Friday night. Over 700 students attended this unique, outdoor event, and everyone enjoyed the party safely on the football field.

Homecoming was a very positive experience for our students and school. Thank you to all those who contributed to this success: CHS Leadership students and advisor JD Bellum; CHS Dance team, volunteers, and Coach Jenn Chaffee; CHS Football coaches and players, Canby PD and Canby FD; and all the CHS students and staff who helped throughout the week!

For parents, we are tackling a few big planning items in the future and we want your input. Please see the information below if you are interested in helping with discussions on Bond/Building improvements or changes to the daily schedule.

Finally, we’re at the midway point of the term and virtual Parent-Teacher conferences are tonight. Teachers have emailed families with scheduling instructions. If you didn’t hear from your student’s teachers, please connect with them by email this afternoon.

Stay healthy and strong, Canby! Go Cougars!

Greg Dinse



Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 10/13: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences, @ 5-8pm

Thursday, 10/14: Volleyball, AWAY @ 6:30pm

Friday, 10/15: NO SCHOOL

Friday, 10/15: Football, AWAY @ 7:00pm, STAMP Testing starts @ 8:30am

Saturday, 10/16: PSAT Testing, @ 8am (See Info below)

Monday, 10/18: Volleyball, AWAY @6:30pm, Girls Soccer, Home @ 7:00, Boys Soccer, Home @ 7:30pm

Tuesday, 10/19: FAFSA Info Night, @ 6:30pm, See Link/Info below.

Wednesday, 10/20: Volleyball, Home @ 6:30pm, Boys Soccer, Home @ 7:00pm, and Girls Soccer, AWAY @ 7:00pm


FAFSA 101 Night: The College and Career Center along with the CHS Counseling Department will be hosting a virtual Family FAFSA 101 Webinar on Tuesday, October 19th, 6:30-7:30pm. Please click the link below to join the webinar:

PSAT for 10th and 11th graders: CHS is offering the PSAT on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8am (space is limited). Sign up in the Accounting Office, by paying $18 (there are fee waivers for those that qualify). Once this is done, you are registered and will receive a preparation booklet for review. See Ms. Nace in the counseling office if you need a waiver or have questions. Plan to be done with the test around 12pm.

**On testing day....please be at the cafeteria no later than 7:45am.


a light snack

2 #2 pencils


Counselors will be scheduling one-on-one senior meetings 1st trimester. Topics will include: updated graduation requirements, college and other applications, financial aid, scholarships, credit checks, and general check in for the year.

Activities and Arts

  • Picture retakes are October 25th in the Library during school hours.

  • Senior Pictures are due November 29, 2021.


Winter Sports sign-ups are now open. Please visit to make sure you are fully registered prior to participating in practices or games. Please contact for more information.

Interested in reffing youth basketball games? Contact Jared Gensman at 503-799-0458 to get more information. A great way to earn some extra money on the weekends!

A reminder that masks are required indoors for everyone who is not in active competition or practice. For outdoor athletics, masks are required for everyone who cannot maintain 6ft of social distance. Those who are competing or practicing outdoors may also choose to remove their masks. When we travel to away contests, some schools may adopt more restrictive guidelines. Please stay flexible throughout the season and follow the applicable guidelines.

This year, we have again purchased a license to broadcast all our home games on the NFHS Network for free! Away games may still require a subscription to the NFHS Network. Please go to and create a free account to watch all our games in the stadium and main gym.

Other Information

Join Us-Employment in Canby Schools

While parent volunteering continues to be on hold until further notice, we do have employment opportunities in our schools for part-time positions like instructional assistants, nutrition services, custodians and more. We are also seeking on-call substitutes for those positions, which would provide even greater flexibility. Visit our employment website to view all current opportunities.

Upcoming Parent Input Opportunities

Change is coming to Canby High School. If you are interested, as a parent, to serve on committees that provide planning input to future CHS projects, the following are opportunities will be available soon:

  • CHS Bond Improvement Projects- We are currently in the planning phase of a major renovation and building addition at CHS. Our partners in this process, Mahlum Architects, will soon be looking for more community input through focus groups.

  • CSD Daily Schedule Committee: Our district is interested in reviewing the current daily schedule and possibly making changes in the future. We need a number of parents to be a part of this work.

If you are interested, please respond by completing this form.

Latino Parent Advisory Council

We had our first informal meeting on Oct. 5th at 6:30 via Zoom. We hope to grow this group and want to share information about CHS, answer questions parents may have and gather input. We recognize that language can be a barrier, and we want to connect more with our Spanish-speaking families. Our next meeting will be Nov. 3rd at 6:30 via Zoom. We will send a text to Spanish-speaking families with the invite and Zoom link. At the next meeting, we will answer your questions about the website and go through resources that can be found there. A google form where families can ask questions will be sent out to Spanish-speaking families in the next CHS Family Newsletter.

October Dyslexia month

Dyslexia is a common condition that affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It can be associated with trouble reading, but it also can affect writing, spelling and even speaking. Many children have one or two of these issues on occasion. But kids with dyslexia have several of these issues, and they don’t go away.

Some common dyslexia signs and symptoms in teens and adults include:

  • Difficulty reading, including reading aloud.

  • Slow and labor-intensive reading and writing.

  • Problems spelling.

  • Avoiding activities that involve reading.

  • Mispronouncing names or words, or problems retrieving words.

For more information, visit the International Dyslexia Association.

CHS Video Broadcast Recruitment

Parents and students, do you have an interest in live streaming and announcing events? Would you like to help CHS and the community? Do you want to be a part of our Cougar team?

We are hoping to create a live stream broadcast network of volunteers to cover CHS sports and activities in a professional manner in keeping with the hard work that our students and athletes put in. Our vision is to develop a dynamic partnership with CTV-5 to support these broadcasts with interested students and adults providing the camera work, production, and commentary. If you have an interest in participating with this after school club, please contact Tyler Francke with The Canby Current and Now Hear This Studios at Please include your contact information and any prior media experience.

Attendance and Sick Students

There are processes in place to help us track students in the event of illness or an early departure from school.

If a student is sick during class, they should go to the health room, located next to the counseling office. Our staff will contact the family for pick up.

If a student needs to be excused for an appointment or any other reason, please notify our attendance office at 503.263.7210 as soon as possible. This allows us to notify the teacher and excuse the student in a timely manner.

NEW-Bus Transportation

  • Did you know that there is a FREE Canby Area Transit “Canby Loop” bus? CHS Students can ride the bus to school (and on the loop) for FREE. There are many stops, here are a few streets where there are stops: 13th, Territorial, and Township. Please see the attached link for more information, all bus stops and times. The bus runs from 5:30am to 7:00pm. Please call CAT for more information at 503-266-4022.

  • If you have any questions or problems with school bus transportation, please email Student Transport of America (STA) at

CHS Media

Some helpful links to our social media sites:

CHS Website

CHS Instagram: @canbyhighschool, @canbyASB

CHS YouTube: @CHS Announcements

CHS Principal’s Twitter: @Canby_Principal

Spanish Speaking Resources at Canby High School:

Bilingual Main Office Secretary: Jessie Muñoz (503)263-7200

Attendance Office: Stephanie Cavazos (503)263-7210

Migrant Coordinator: Karent Robles (503)263-7229

English Language Development Coordinator: Alex Frixione(503)263-7200 ext 5405

9th Grade Counselor: Elizabeth Sommo (503)263-7200 ext 5341

REACH Center: Jeralyn Gonzalez and Veronica Martinez (503)263-7429

Free Food Resources

CHS Free Food Site Links

For Mental Health Resources

**Emergency Services- for life threatening emergencies - 911**

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

Clackamas County Emergency/Crisis Mental Health Services - 503-655-8585

Non-emergency: 503-742-5335

Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Text NAMI to 741741

Oregon Youthline 877-968-8491 or Text teen2teen to 839863

Trevor Project (LGBTQ+) -866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

Call to Safety: If you are an adult and worried about your safety at home. Interpretation line available.1-888-235-5333

Proyecto Unica: Spanish version of Call to Safety. 503-232-4448

DHS Hotline (Oregon Department of Human Services) If you are worried about the safety of a child, Interpretation services available. 855-503-7233